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New Haswell-based notebooks “have mostly been shipped”

by Mark Tyson on 13 May 2013, 15:45

Tags: Sony (NYSE:SNE), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), PC

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A new report by the Taiwan-based computer industry newshounds at DigiTimes informs us that notebook system builders’ first Haswell based products “have mostly been shipped” and are expected to be in retail channels by the end of May. There they will sit until June, when these shiny new notebooks, hybrids, tablets and so-on have been officially unveiled at Computex 2013.

Retailer caution

Retailers have apparently been cautious about pre-orders due to higher prices, according to DigiTimes sources “from the upstream supply chain”. Initial shipment quantities will reflect this market caution. This pricing indication is disappointing after all the Intel talk about these Ultrabooks becoming cheaper but it is probably just manufacturers readying their top-end products first - to make the most of early adopter enthu$iasm.

Illustrating this weak retailer confidence, DigiTimes quoted figures from Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics and Wistron. These three notebook manufacturers’ most recent figures show notebook shipments down 17 per cent, 11 per cent and 21 per cent respectively.

Dixons rep demos a Sony slider convertible Haswell based PC?

In related news PCWorld magazine thinks that it may have spotted the first production Haswell notebook “in the wild”. A blurry, low res training video shows a Dixons rep demonstrating what appears to be a Sony VAIO Dual 13.3-inch convertible – a yet to be released big brother to the similar 11-incher from last year.

This convertible does look very sleek and modern. However the PCWorld reporter thinks that the specs flashed across the screen at the end of the video reveal that this new Sony slider will be Haswell based – based on the battery life quoted in the video.

You see this 13.3-incher has a quoted battery life of ten hours compared to only five for the 11-inch version, released in October last year. Of course it might just have a bigger battery, being a bigger machine – for instance the Apple MacBook Air 13 (Mid 2012) has almost 50 per cent more battery life than the 11-inch (Mid 2012) version. Also the 10-hours figure in the Dixons video could be more aspirational than actual.



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Sony are coming out with some hot devices...about time too.
So will they come with the usual, utterly incomprehensible model numbers that all Intel based laptops seem to have?

Without doing serious prior research, it's just about impossible to bloody tell which generation of CPU your getting with Intel.
Looks lovely - but there will be some kind of Major Drawback....

"What its made my Sony" - I see the drawback , it will be silly price.
meh. its ok what Sony has done, but the Aspire R7 is a lot more interesting imo
Bagpuss
So will they come with the usual, utterly incomprehensible model numbers that all Intel based laptops seem to have?

Without doing serious prior research, it's just about impossible to bloody tell which generation of CPU your getting with Intel.


Are you serious?
It says what gen CPU it is in the first character of the model number.

Eg i3-2365M is 2nd gen
Eg i3-3110M is 3rd gen

And just checkout the CPU's passmark score to determine if it's better than another you're comparing it to.